Belgian senators’ delegation arrives in Taiwan to discuss tech cooperation

Beijing, May 16 (EFE).- A delegation of Belgian senators have arrived in Taiwan for a five-day visit during which they will meet government officials and discuss cooperation in the tech sector, the island’s state media reported Tuesday.

The group, led by senator and vice-president of the Belgium Taiwan friendship group in the Belgian parliament, Julien Uyttendaele, will meet Taiwanese Prime Minister Chen Chien-jen and the deputy speaker of the legislature, Tsai Chi-Chang, apart from visiting the ministry of economic affairs, official news agency CNA reported.

The representatives would also pay visits to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation – which runs the city’s metro trains – the Hsinchu Science Park, the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute, and the Industrial Technology Research Institute “to get a better understanding of Taiwan’s tech sector and explore future cooperation,” the Taiwanese foreign ministry said.

Uyttendaele is accompanied on the trip by senators Philippe Courard, Rene Collin, Emmanuel De Bock and Joris Nachtergaele.

The Belgian senators’ trip comes after earlier this week a group of Swedish lawmakers carried out a six-day visit to Taiwan and met President Tsai Ing-wen, apart from participating in other events.

Visits from European delegates to Taipei have shot up in recent months at a time of heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait, where China has increased its military presence as tensions grow with the United States over the island.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan, considering it a rebel province since Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists. EFE


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